Director: Barry Levinson Cast: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Eve Gordon, Aidan Quinn


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The third of director Barry Levinson's autobiographical "Baltimore Trilogy" (the first two entries were Diner and Tin Men), Avalon covers nearly forty years in the lives of an immigrant Jewish family. Sam Krichinsky (Armin Mueller-Stahl) emigrates to Baltimore in 1914, where Sam's brothers Gabriel (Lou Jacobi), Hymie (Leo L. Fuchs), and Nathan (Israel Rubinek) are awaiting his arrival. By and by, Sam meets his future wife, Eva (Joan Plowright). With the introduction of the Krichinsky's grown son Jules (Aidan Quinn), the film ventures into culture-clash country. Unwilling to become a manual laborer like his dad, Jules opts for the life of a door-to-door salesman. Eventually, he teams with his cousin Izzy (Kevin Pollak) to open the first TV store in Baltimore. Thereafter, the disintegration of the Krichinsky family is paralleled by the rise of TV's omnipresence in the American home. Avalon's elegiac and melancholy effect is underlined by Randy Newman's soulful musical score.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/17/2016
UPC: 0043396478169
Original Release: 1990
Rating: PG
Source: Sony Pictures Home
Sales rank: 11,122

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Armin Mueller-Stahl Sam Krichinsky
Eve Gordon Dottie Kirk
Aidan Quinn Jules Kaye
Elizabeth Perkins Anne Kaye
Lou Jacobi Gabriel Krichinsky
Leo Fuchs Hymie Krichinsky
Joan Plowright Eva Krichinsky
Elijah Wood Michael Kayeli
Israel Rubinek Nathan Krichinsky
Kevin Pollak Izzy Kirk
Grant Gelt Teddy Kirk
Jesse Adelman Miscellaneous Family Member
Ellen Chenoweth Actor
Shifra Lerer Nellie Krichinsky
Herb Levison Rabbi at Funeral
Irv Stein Miscellaneous Family Member
Mindy Loren Isenstein Mindy Kirk
Mina Bern Alice Krichinsky
Frania Rubinek Faye Krichinsky
Neil Kirk Herbie
Ronald Guttman Simka
Rachel Aviva Elka
Sylvia Weinberg Mrs. Parkes
Ralph Tabakin Principal Dunn
Steve Aronson Moving Man
Miles A. Perman Gas Attendant
Beatrice Yoffe Nursing Home Receptionist
Brian Sher Country Club Page
Frank Tamburo Mugger
Pat Flynn Fire Chief
Paul Quinn K & K Employee
Kevin Blum Young Jules
Alvin Myerovich The Father
Moishe Rosenfeld William as a Young Man
Michael Krauss Sam as a Young Man
Michael David Edelstein Gabriel as a Young Man
Bernard Hiller Hymie as a Young Man
Brian Shait Nathan as a Young Man
Dawne Hindle Eva as a Young Woman
Christine Mosere Nellie as a Young Woman
Anna Bergman Alice as a Young Woman
Mary Lechter Faye as a Young Woman
Barbara Morris Mollie as a Young Woman
Tom Wood Michael as an Adult
Christopher James Lekas Sam, Michael's Son
Ava Eileen Quinn David as a Baby
David Thornhill David, age 8 Months
Jordan Young David, age 10
Tammy Walker Camera Girl
David Long TV Commercial Director
Brenda Alford Night Club Singer
Thomas Joy Country Club Singer
James A. Zemarel Supper Club Singer
Judy Bach Miscellaneous Family Member
Alisa Bernstein Miscellaneous Family Member
Eva Cohen Miscellaneous Family Member
Josh Lessner Miscellaneous Family Member
Samantha Shenk Miscellaneous Family Member
Patty Sherman Miscellaneous Family Member
Thelma Weiner Miscellaneous Family Member
Robert Zalkind Miscellaneous Family Member

Technical Credits
Barry Levinson Director,Co-producer,Screenwriter
Irving Buchman Makeup
Thomas R. Burman Special Effects
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Freddie Cooper Camera Operator
Allen Daviau Cinematographer
Linda de Scenna Set Decoration/Design
Bari Dreiband-Burman Special Effects
Paul Gebbia Makeup
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
Allen Hall Special Effects
Fred Hole Art Director
Mark Johnson Co-producer
Joel J. Kramer Stunts
Christine Larson Asst. Director
Stu Linder Editor
Allan Mason Musical Direction/Supervision
Charles James Newirth Associate Producer,Production Manager
Randy Newman Score Composer
Peter Norman Camera Operator,Cinematographer
Norman Reynolds Production Designer
Ed Richardson Art Director
Marie Rowe Associate Producer

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Avalon 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can watch this movie over and over again and never get tired of it. It is such a moving story, realistic, down to earth and heart-warming. I highly recommend it. The cast is excellent, the acting superb and the characters are so believable. It is easy to relate to this story and the characters in it. This is a very good movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a movie that has an excellent story line with exceptional acting. Some younger viewers may not be able to relate, but older viewers will likely remember what it was like to live with their extended families. The theme that runs throughout is an important life lesson, one that we usually learn after it is too late to turn back the clock. The underlying theme is the advent of television and how it has affected our entire way of life. The last scene is especially touching. All in all a great movie.
FishersofMen63 More than 1 year ago
This movie is all about family and relationships. It shows how media has altered the family dynamic. I know when I tell my kids stories of my past it engages thier attention. To often our attention is focused on the games and stories of the media which distract us from sharing our lives with others. For a younger generation viewer, if you can hang in there long enough to see the whole movie, you'll get a good picture of family life you may have never experienced. For an older generation viewer, the movie will remind you of family traditions that you may want to reinstitute. I saw this movie in the 90's and never forgot about it. My favorite line is "If you don't remember, then you forget."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago